Islam extremists a danger in Amsterdam?

Mar 23rd, 2008, 09:03 AM
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Islam extremists a danger in Amsterdam?

Are there currently any dangers to American tourists from islamic extremists in Amsterdam? I will be there in 3 weeks. Any help would be great!!!
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Mar 23rd, 2008, 09:05 AM
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This is a joke, right?
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Mar 23rd, 2008, 09:33 AM
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I believe that not a single American has survived visiting Amsterdam in 50 years.

Dead, every man jack of 'em, generally found washed up from a canal, bloated and headless with Koranic inscriptions carved into their flesh.
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Mar 23rd, 2008, 09:35 AM
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What about swathing yourself in a chador to throw them off the scent? Just leave off the white sneakers!

Sorry to be glib..I am sure you will be fine!!
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Mar 23rd, 2008, 09:45 AM
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It's really the bicycylists who are the problem in Amsterdam. And those funny-looking pigeons on Dam Square-or were those tourists?!
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Mar 23rd, 2008, 09:54 AM
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I'm going to go out on a limb here...

there is an anti-Koran film being released in Amsterdam on March 31st - and considering the reaction by some "religious" people in light of those infamous cartoons - I'm guessing there is going to be some demonstrations - whether they turn violent or not is anyone's guess.

As for danger - your drive to the airport or getting out of the bathtub is probably more dangerous.

Weadles - I agree with you regarding bicyclists - here in NYC they are a menace to pedestrians and yet they turn around and rail against crazy automobile drivers. What's the saying - if given the opportunity, an oppressed person will act like his oppressor.

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Mar 23rd, 2008, 10:12 AM
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Gee! To think that there were really two answers we could have given someone who dares to venture into the world of Fodors Europe.

Answer One: "You ignorant idiot blah, blah, blah. . . "

Answer Two: "Nothing more to fear in Amsterdam than anywhere else you might travel in the Europe or the US."

And guess which path the friendly and sometimes self-righteous Fodorites take?
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Mar 23rd, 2008, 10:33 AM
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I fear this question may be a valid one in about 5-10 years.

OBTW, who was the dutch POL that was executed by Islamofacists a couple of years ago?
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Mar 23rd, 2008, 10:56 AM
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I do not understand why some Fodorites find it necessary to ridicule other posters questions or responses.
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Mar 23rd, 2008, 11:07 AM
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It wsa Theo Van Gogh , a movie producer and directer, not a politician.
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Mar 23rd, 2008, 11:08 AM
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Theo Van Gogh was a film director killed by militants a few years back... A descendant of the painter.
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Mar 23rd, 2008, 11:17 AM
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The film may or may not be released on MArch 31st. So far no one has offered to show it except the Muslim television organisation. Needless to say Mr WIlders turned that offer down.
You are in no more danger as an American tourist in Amsterdam than I am as a British citizen resident in the Netherlands, or any Dutch person is, with the possible exception of Mr Wilders.
Theo Van Gogh was killed by a single individual, who was a member of a very small group of militant Dutch Maroccon young people.
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Mar 23rd, 2008, 11:22 AM
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"I do not understand why some Fodorites find it necessary to ridicule other posters questions or responses."

Ask a stupid question.....

Why would such a thought enter your head?

Are Germans likely to be attacked in the USA because their government didn't sign up for Dubya's crusade? Nonesense on stilts, with a red nose and a rubber chicken.
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Mar 23rd, 2008, 11:40 AM
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...actually given the tenor of the times...those Germans might be looked at as heroes by most (check out dubya's popularity rating in the latest polls)...

The reality, though, in a more serious vein is we're all at danger, small as it might be, by these vermin whether we're in Amsterdam Copenhagen, Hamburg, Paris, London, Madrid, New York or wherever.
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Mar 23rd, 2008, 12:20 PM
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Right, I should not have used the word militants when referring to Van Gogh's murder.

Anyway, I think the questioner, Degas, was referring to the murder of Pim Fortuyn.. Not that this has anything to do with the OP's question.....

I am sorry if I was nasty above.
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Mar 23rd, 2008, 12:30 PM
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How are American tourists to be spotted considering many English speaking tourists in Amsterdam?

Rick Steves guide books??????
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Mar 23rd, 2008, 01:38 PM
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Try to worry about what WILL probably kill you, not what probably won't.
Worry about your diet, weight, whether you exercise or not, whether you smoke or not, etc. Those things have a much better chance of killing you than an Islamic extremist lurking somewhere.
Relax and enjoy your trip.
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Mar 23rd, 2008, 02:13 PM
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Arrived in AMS the day Theo Van Gogh was murdered, our 12th visit in 6 yrs, VERY SAD!!!! A great city feeling the effects of a open society.
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Mar 23rd, 2008, 02:30 PM
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i can't believe how rude some people are on this forum. you don't see such replies on other forums. i love this one because people have a great knowledge base about places i desire to visit. Wouldn't it have just been simpler to say, "You should be fine when you travel as long as you use common sense strategy for being in a large city."? just my two cents
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Mar 23rd, 2008, 02:54 PM
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"You should be fine when you travel as long as you use common sense strategy for being in a large city."



maybe this was the kind of help she/he was asking for : platitudes!
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